Food and Drug Administration News

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12/6/2013
FDA OKs Injections to Treat Curvature of Penis

Previously, surgery was the only approved treatment for Peyronie's disease

12/6/2013
New Drug Approved for Peyronie's Disease

Xiaflex is first non-surgical treatment to get FDA approval

12/4/2013
FDA Renews Warning on HeartStart Defibrillator Failures

Owners of the recalled Philips automated external defibrillators advised to contact the company

12/2/2013
FDA Starts Regulating Compounding Pharmacies

New powers designed to make specialty drugs safer for patients

12/2/2013
Graphic Warnings on Cigarette Packs May Cut Smoking Rates: Study

International project suggests these labels could keep millions of Americans away from cigarettes

11/25/2013
FDA to Lift Restrictions on Diabetes Drug Avandia

Not all experts are happy with granting wider access to the troubled medication, however

11/25/2013
Olysio Approved as Hepatitis C Treatment

Drug blocks protein that helps virus replicate

11/25/2013
H5N1 Bird Flu Vaccine Approved

In the event of a pandemic

11/25/2013
FDA Approves New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection

Olysio may cut down on side effects while achieving good responses in patients, experts say

11/22/2013
Nexavar Approval Expanded for Common Thyroid Cancer

When tumor stops responding to other therapy

11/21/2013
FDA Warns of Heart Risks From Stress-Test Drugs

Doctors should screen patients before using Lexiscan or Adenoscan, agency says

11/21/2013
Mercury Levels Dropping in Younger U.S. Women: Report

EPA findings suggest those of childbearing age are making safer choices with fish, shellfish

11/18/2013
Antidote Might Reverse Complication From Blood Thinner Pradaxa

In early tests, new drug allowed blood to clot again with no apparent side effects

11/15/2013
Acrylamide: An Unwelcome Part of Your Diet

FDA offers tips on how to avoid too much exposure to the chemical

11/15/2013
Many People Ignore, Miss Calorie Counts on Fast-Food Menus: Survey

Of 2,000 customers, 40 percent noticed the information and 10 percent used it

11/15/2013
11/14/2013
FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Agency asks for labeling, packaging changes to minimize chance of infection

11/14/2013
FDA Approves Implanted Brain Stimulator for Epilepsy

The device helps reduce frequency of seizures, studies show

11/13/2013
11/11/2013
Aptiom Approved to Treat Seizures

For adults with epilepsy

11/8/2013
Generic Aciphex Approved to Treat Chronic Heartburn

Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), common condition involves backflow of stomach acid

11/8/2013
Nutritionists: FDA Trans Fat Ban Good for America's Heart Health

They urge greater use of healthier oils, like canola oil or other vegetable oils, in food-making process

11/7/2013
FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble, doctors say

11/1/2013
Gazyva Approved for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

A cancer of the blood and bone marrow

10/31/2013
FDA Announces Moves to Avert Drug Shortages

Interruptions can pose potentially life-threatening risks to patients

10/29/2013
Last Two Ozone-Depleting Inhalers Being Phased Out

Deadline is Dec. 31, but FDA urges asthma patients to switch to eco-friendly versions now

10/28/2013
Key Safety Questions May Linger for FDA-Expedited Drugs

Study finds medications sped to market are tested on fewer patients, with additional safety studies sometimes overdue

10/25/2013
FDA OKs New Hydrocodone Painkiller

Decision comes one day after agency moved to limit abuse of powerful pain meds

10/25/2013
Extended-Release Hydrocodone Painkiller Approved

For daily treatment of chronic pain

10/25/2013
Brain-Imaging Drug Approved for Alzheimer's Detection

Vizamyl is used with PET scan to screen for signs of dementia

10/25/2013
FDA Urges Tighter Controls on Certain Prescription Painkillers

Large supplies of often-abused drugs such as Vicodin should be harder to obtain, agency says

10/24/2013
Halloween Contact Lenses Can Be Horror Story for Eyes

FDA experts say users risk corneal scratches, even blindness from these products

10/23/2013
Infections From Tainted Steroids Ranged in Severity: Update

CDC study looked at meningitis, other conditions in 6 hardest-hit states

10/23/2013
10/22/2013
FDA Probes Dog Illnesses Tied to Jerky Treats

Since 2007, about 580 pets have died as a result of illnesses related to the products, experts say

10/22/2013
Flavored Cigars Gaining in Popularity With U.S. Kids: CDC

Cheaper, less regulated than cigarettes, these products may hook youth into lifelong addiction

10/14/2013
Plastics Chemicals Tied to Reproductive Woes for Both Sexes

Early studies found higher miscarriage rates in women, lowered fertility in men

10/11/2013
Take Infection Precautions When Using Nasal-Rinsing Products: FDA

Neti pots and similar devices to clear sinuses require proper cleaning, water type

10/9/2013
Cancer Drug Nexavar Tied to Pancreas Damage in 2 Patients

Pancreas shrank by up to one-third in case studies following long-term use

10/9/2013
Adempas Approved to Treat Pulmonary Hypertension

New drug works to ease high blood pressure in lung arteries

10/4/2013
FDA OKs Drug to Treat Hot Flashes in Menopausal Women

Clinical trials also showed some protection against bone loss; blood clots are a risk

10/2/2013
Medicare, Medicaid To Keep Running Despite U.S. Government Shutdown

But other programs, such as disease surveillance, food and drug inspections, could be curtailed, according to contingency plans

10/1/2013
Statins May Not Harm Memory, Thinking After All

But even with new study, jury's still out on safety of cholesterol-lowering drugs

10/1/2013
Brintellix Approved for Major Depressive Disorder

Depression can interfere with everyday life

9/30/2013
Medicare, Medicaid Would Keep Running If U.S. Government Shuts Down

But other programs, such as disease surveillance, food and drug inspections, could be curtailed, according to contingency plans

9/30/2013
Perjeta Approved for Early Stage Breast Cancer

Previously used for advanced disease

9/30/2013
FDA Approves First 'Pre-Surgical' Drug for Breast Cancer

Perjeta, which seems to shrink early-stage tumors, can now be used before surgery

9/23/2013
FDA Sets Rules for Smartphone Medical Apps

Agency will only regulate those that turn phones into medical devices

9/20/2013
FDA Launches System to Label Medical Devices

Goal is to improve patient safety, identify items for recall and prevent counterfeiting

9/20/2013
U.S. Funds New Tobacco Regulation Research Centers

14 centers across the country awarded $53 million at start